The Lawrence Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier undergraduate orchestras in the country. Under the direction of Mark Dupere, the LSO gives approximately six concerts a year, performing standard orchestral works as well as opera, contemporary music, and new commissions. In 2021, the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra was selected as a finalist in the American Prize in Orchestral Performance. Guest conductors have included Robert Spano, Gunther Schuller, and Lowell Liebermann. All LSO concerts are webcast live from the Lawrence Memorial Chapel using our state-of-the-art four-camera digital system. The Lawrence Symphony Orchestra is one of two orchestras at Lawrence, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra is a primarily strings group focusing on developing chamber skills and leadership.
Conductor Mark Dupere is committed to leading rehearsals and performances that explore and strive for an active engagement with the music and the audience. The pursuit of excellent music making draws together threads from musicology, theory, history, score study, and also visual art, poetry, fiction, architecture, etc. Musicians of the LSO are encouraged to actively participate in the chamber music element of orchestral playing, and to engage with a larger understanding of the score and the work as a whole. With an energetic sense of community, students are urged to participate in the wonderful dialogue at the heart of the creative process.